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Freddie Mercury: The Final Act

9 p.m., BBC Two

It’s likely we know everything there is to know about Freddie Mercury – and yet this 90-minute celebration of the Queen singer, who would have turned 75 this year, manages to explore his legacy in a new context. Tracing the last years of his life, he uses a mix of new and forgotten interviews as well as endlessly captivating archive footage, while also addressing those in the LGBTQ + community who have seen the LGBTQ + community firsthand. initial impact of HIV / AIDS. Hollie richardson

Dispatches: escaping the Taliban

6.30 p.m., Canal 4

This special report by local journalists follows terrified Afghans in the days following the capture of Kabul by the Taliban. One of them is women’s rights activist Zoya Faizi who, like many others, is trying to flee the country. There are also footage of Taliban negotiator Anas Haqqani returning to visit Bagram prison, from which he was released in November 2019. Hannah verdier

Come dance strictly

6:55 p.m., BBC One

There is no safer sign of the holiday season than a Strictly Waning line. It was an exciting series: well-deserved dozens and the first all-male couple in the series. In week 10, the Glitterball is up to everyone to win, but whatever happens Rose Ayling-Ellis – the first Deaf contestant – has surely won the coveted title of “Best Trip”. Henri wong

I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!

9 p.m., ITV

The I’m a Celeb class of 2021 had a week to settle into their Welsh digs and get to know each other a little better. So who is shaping up to be the King (or Queen) of Gwrych Castle? And who could end up being dirty rascals? Ant and Dec follow the changing moods in the camp as the stars scramble for vital supplies. Graeme Vertu

State of mind of the empire

9 p.m., Canal 4

Empire author Sathnam Sanghera concludes his two-part review of the continuing legacy of the British Empire in the UK. Tonight he untangles misunderstandings of Imperial history and takes us back to his old school in Wolverhampton, where he meets a new generation of students eager to learn more about a subject that was missing from the curriculum for many of us. growing up. TIME

WeWork: How to lose $ 30 billion in two weeks

9 p.m., Sky Documentaries

“The next revolution will be the WeWork revolution…” said Adam Neumann, the eccentric co-founder of WeWork – a global network of shared office spaces for millennials who thrive on entrepreneurial culture and free booze. So how did the beloved startup go from a multi-billion dollar company to bankruptcy? Here, WeWork insiders and former members are putting the dirt. TIME

Choice of films

Parasite, 10 p.m., Canal 4

This Best Picture winner at the 2020 Oscars was a surprise international success for South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, following his inventive but unprofitable sci-fi dramas Snowpiercer and Okja. In a subversive tale of power and privilege, the distraught Kim clan (led by the great Song Kang-ho as father) stumble upon the idea of ​​usurping the domestic staff of the wealthy Park family after the son becomes the Parks’ daughter’s English guardian. Many delicious twists follow in a gripping satire with more than a hint of Losey’s The Servant. Simon wardell

Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho. Photograph: Curzon / Allstar artificial eye

Apocalypse Now: the final cut, 12:15 am, BBC One

One can only hope that this 2019 restoration is Francis Ford Coppola’s latest tinkering with his hugely ambitious and seminal Vietnam War drama. The “Goldilocks edit” – longer than the 1979 original, shorter than the 2001 Redux take – retains the encounter with the French colonists of Redux which adds historic breadth to the tragic story of the anti-Communist efforts of the United States. America and delete a second unnecessary Playboy Bunnies streak. But in whatever form it is, it’s an overwhelming visual and sound journey into humanity’s worst impulses. SW

The chronicler, 1h50, Film4

Gorgeous Katja Herbers (from Westworld and Evil TV) directs Ivo van Aart’s dark horror comedy about dangers in the comments section. Her charming Dutch journalist, Femke Boot, becomes obsessed with anonymous and abusive online trolls, especially after finding out that her neighbor is one of them. This prompts Femke to adopt a particularly brutal form of cancellation, as she falls in love with a horror writer who is, conversely, a really nice guy. The film follows its premise, perhaps beyond reason, but it’s a fun, viper, and bloody ride. SW

Live sports

Women’s FIFA World Cup: England v Austria 11:45 am, ITV. Sunderland Group D qualifier, with Arsenal’s Beth Mead (pictured) vying to start for England.

Snooker: UK Championship 1:15 p.m., BBC Two. Opening of the last 64 matches. Coverage continues throughout the week.

Union Internationale de Rugby: Barbarians v Samoa Select XV 2 p.m., BBC One. The Twickenham Killik Cup.


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